This Guy Is Losing His Virginity in Public for an Art Project
Virginity generally tends to be a big deal for most people. This is presumably because society dictates that, pre-sex, you are a hairless fawn crawling your way through the embarrassing undergrowth of training bras and stealth wanking, and post-sex you’re fully grown with a comprehensive understanding of D’Angelo’s discography and the right to drink triple sec next to swimming pools. But then society is notoriously cruel and probably doesn’t even know what it’s talking about.
In a bid to understand where the obsession with virginity comes from, my friend Clayton Pettet, a student at London’s Central Saint Martins art school, has decided to lose his flower in front of a crowd next year as part of performance piece titled Art School Took My Virginity. He told me that some tabloid journalists had been sniffing around the story, so I thought I’d give him a call before they got their noses in the trough.
VICE: So, I hear you’re being hounded by the press?
Clayton Pettet: Yeah, I just spoke to this journalist and it was so weird—it feels like the national papers that are asking about the project want to get the best angle and rip it apart. It’s crazy. It’s not something I’m used to, watching everything I say with caution.
But you must have expected something like this would happen, right?
I don’t really mind what they say about me, as long as it’s their words. I don’t want them to twist mine. But it brings discussion, and whether it’s making people angry, excited, or confused, it’s bringing forth emotion about art. Which is something we’ve lost.
People say that everything has been done already, but I don’t think that’s true. If you think hard enough, there’s shit that only you could think of—something so buried inside of you that, if you let yourself, you’d be able to just to throw up onto a canvas and let your mind do the rest.
Paul Salveson likes stuff, that we’re sure of. Past that, his work confounds us in the best way possible. Is that a cinderblock made out of bread? I honestly don’t know, but I love it. His new book is Between the Shell, which justwon MACK’s First Book Award and is due out this Fall. The book is a collection of mind-bending assemblages he’s been constructing from household objects over the course of the last seven years. “It’s got a lot of older images and most of them haven’t really seen the light of day. So, it’s this nice culmination of work I was doing and continue to do,” he told us.
As well as these weird and wonderful amalgamations, Paul’s work has taken a turn towards more conceptually weighted subject matter, creating scultpures out of wheat and other materials (so it was bread!). He recently received his MFA from the University of Southern California, and did his thesis on toothbrush design, of all things. Paul says he’s always been interested in “how crazy and baroque they are and how there’s a new crazier toothbrush with different colors and moving parts and plastic bits and stuff like that.” Paul tells us he’ll be moving to Philadelphia at the end of the summer, so keep an eye out.
All Around Losing with Harry Cheadle
In this episode of what is very quickly becoming everyone’s favorite VICE show, Harry Cheadle (@Hcheadle) joins an experimental rock band and feels weird.
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For every free coffee beauty privilege gets you, it also gets you a guy following you down the steps on the subway, saying he wants to work his tongue into your ass.